What am I choosing right now? Does it enrich my life and the life of the world?
- 03.29 : A Year of Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater
I’m not the best time manager. I make plans. Schedule the day. Then end up getting ready for bed wondering why I didn’t accomplish all that I set out to do. Why does this happen? I waste A LOT of time. As I’m typing this, The Office is playing on the TV. I have no idea why I need the TV on in order to write a blog post. Perhaps if I wasn’t stopping every few minutes to watch (and laugh), I would have caught up on reading and commenting on blogs today. Maybe if I didn’t feel the need to read an entire review book today, I would have done the grocery shopping.
I love vegging out in front of the TV and losing myself in a good book (which for the record – today’s wasn’t great). How do I balance this with tasks that I want/need to complete? I’m trying to set aside a certain amount of time just for me to check out. That way I’m not telling myself that I can’t do it (because then I’ll want to all the time). I’m also not telling myself that it’s OK to do nothing all the time. The real trick is stopping once you start. One episode of Buffy turns into the whole season. One chapter turns into the whole book (I have a REALLY hard time not reading books in all one sitting).
I actually talked to a counselor about this a few years ago. She explained that it was similar to ADD, but with an opposite effect. Once something has my attention, I have a hard time pulling away. I’m somehow concerned that the activity or project won’t get finished if I don’t do it all at once. To fix this I need to start building trust in myself. It won’t be easy at first, but if I continually am able to jump back into a book or finish the blog post later, I’ll start to be able to set aside these tasks and spread my time more efficiently.
How do you balance leisure time?
I've created Imagine Balance to help document my journey to a more balanced life.
In yoga, balance is much more a state of mind rather than a physical ability. I want to imagine balance so that I can achieve it.